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Since the first Maker Faire was held in San Mateo, California, in 2006, the “maker movement”—the social embodiment of the contemporary DIY cultural resurgence—has generated international enthusiasm in the act of making. While hacker spaces, fablabs and 3-D printers have gripped the attention of adult makers, so too have they generated interest amongst teachers, parents and educational policymakers. But what does it mean to bring “maker” into education? What are the thinking and learning opportunities present during a maker experience? During this course, Project Zero researchers from the Agency by Design (AbD) initiative will partner with educators from Oakland, CA, representing the action research strand of their work. Participants will engage in a series of hands-on activities to explore some of the benefits of making and design in education, including a “tinkering” activity designed to encourage close and critical looking at objects. The course will focus on two central questions: 1) How might maker learning experiences foster a sensitivity to the designed dimension of our world? 2) What role does having a sensitivity to design play in how young people engage with their world? Links will be made between participants’ experiences in this session and the potential for cultivating the agency—and design sensitivities—of young people in a variety of educational settings.
Intended Audience: General